About Us

Beth Johnson

Beth came to the practice of Tibetan Buddhism 22 years ago motivated by deep emotional pain which she would not allow herself to feel. The practices of Buddhist mind training and yoga helped her open to her full range of experience and have contributed to a rich life.

Inspired by her own experience and indebted to her principal teachers, Dan Jorgensen and Lama Yeshe Jinpa, Beth founded River Song Meditation so that others could also engage in sincere spiritual inquiry.

In addition to offering Dharma teachings, Beth is a certified Dharma Hatha Yoga Teacher who teaches classes and private yoga sessions. As an AWA (Amherst Writers & Artist) Affiliate, she facilitates expressive writing workshops, and as a trained SoulCollage(R) Facilitator she guides people into being present with the many different aspects of the self. Her personal Dharma practice has evolved to include an emphasis on energy work, imagination and creative expression.

She works with individuals one-on-one in Spiritual Mentoring and Emotional Freedom Technique and is available to teach in the workplace, schools and the community.



Dan Jorgensen

Dan has practiced meditation in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism for over 30 years.  His principal teacher was Kalu Rinpoche who was one of the great Kagyu masters of the 20th century. In addition, he received teachings and initiations from many other Tibetan teachers including the 16th Karmapa, Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche, Tai Situ Rinpoche and Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche.

In 1986 he entered the traditional three-year, three-month retreat in which the principle teachings and practices of the Karma Kagyu and Shangpa Kagyu lineages are transmitted and practiced. After completing the retreat in late 1989, he earned a Master’s degree in psychology and became a licensed psychotherapist in 1996.

Several years after completing the three-year retreat, he began to accept students and eventually established Clear Mountain Wisdom as a means to convey the teachings and practices he received from Kalu Rinpoche and others.

He encourages students to develop a strong daily practice of sitting meditation and doing periodic intensive retreats. However, sitting practice is not an end but the foundation of bringing present-moment awareness to all aspects of life.